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Please explain if White Hat is an ethical form of hacking or a person using his or her hacking abilities under the pretense of doing a good deed to extort companies out of money? A White Hat is...

Please explain if White Hat is an ethical form of hacking or a person using his or her hacking abilities under the pretense of doing a good deed to extort companies out of money?

A White Hat is actively searching the Internet for websites with known vulnerabilities. Once they locate a vulnerable site they exploit it to sample a small amount of secure data. With the information obtained from the website, they approach a company associated with the site, present their findings, and request a monetary fee to secure the companies site.

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Looking only at the information that we have in this question, this is an ethical form of hacking.  It could become unethical and extortionate if the “white hat” were to do the wrong things with the information they gain.

From what we are told in this question, this is ethical hacking because of the motive behind the hacking.  The white hat is not trying to harm the company.  Instead, the white hat is...

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